Local Fund Agents (LFAs) are the Global Fund's 'eyes and ears' in countries where projects are implemented. The Fund's web site says that the role of the LFA is "to help in assessing arrangements for implementation, and endorse requests for disbursements."
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The Global Fund has introduced the concept of Local Fund Agents (LFAs) to be the Fund's eyes and ears on the ground, to provide help in assessing arrangements for implementation, to endorse requests for disbursements, and to cover the entire life-cycle of the proposals. But is this really what LFAs should be doing? And why is it necessary for this role to be played by Western-owned firms?